2012-2013 Drill Program Results. EMX initiated a core drilling program in December, 2012 to test new target concepts as well as to extend gold-silver mineralization identified from previous exploration. The program extended the strike length and continuity of two separate target zones at the Arap Tepe prospect, extended strike length and increased grade at the Percem Tepe prospect, and intersected high grade oxide gold-silver mineralization at Sarikaya Tepe. All of the zones remain open along strike and down-dip. The most recent results from the final four holes are summarized in the table below.
Arap Tepe Zone-A, TD = 156m. Oxide intercept drilled between AKC-39 and AKC-40 True width interpreted to be 60-65% of reported interval.
Target structure not intersected
Arap Tepe Zone B. TD = 75m.
Arap Tepe Zone C. TD = 130m. Oxide intercept. True width interpreted to be 70-75% of reported interval.
Percem Tepe Zone-B. TD =149.5m. Oxide intercept. True width interpreted to be 65-75% of reported interval.
Notes: Intervals reported at a nominal 0.2 g/t Au cutoff. Au equivalent calculated as 55:1 Ag:Au ratio, and assumes that metallurgical recoveries and net smelter returns are 100%.
Drill holes AKC-71 and AKC-73B were drilled at two separate target zones within the Arap Tepe gold-silver mineralized corridor. AKC-71 intercepted a thick zone of oxide gold mineralization starting at surface, and confirmed the continuity of Zone A between AKC-39 (56.5m @ 0.85g/t Au & 2.08g/t Ag) and AKC-40 (55.0m @ 0.67g/t Au & 2.44g/t Ag). AKC-73B is a 45 meter step-out from AKC-45 (44.3m @ 0.72g/t Au, 6.12 g/t Ag) and confirmed zone continuity and expanded mineralization at Zone C. This mineralized zone has a mapped strike length of 175 meters and remains open along strike and at depth.
Hole AKC-74 was drilled at the Percem Tepe prospect, and targeted outcropping quartz veins and silicified breccias. AKC-74 intersected 101 meters of oxide mineralization averaging 1.25 g/t gold and 7.95 g/t silver. The hole extended mineralization along strike from AKC-56 and the zone remains open along strike and down-dip. Importantly, AKC-74 intersected higher grade mineralization than adjacent drill hole AKC-56, which intersected 102.2 meters of oxide mineralization averaging 0.57 g/t gold. This opens up the known extent of mineralization at Percem Tepe, which of the six known prospect areas, has seen the least amount of exploration to date and remains open in all directions.
The first two holes of the program were drilled at the Sarikaya Tepe prospect, and as previously reported, the results included 36.4 meters averaging 5.67 g/t gold and 53.31 g/t silver, with a high-grade sub-interval of 2.15 meters averaging 89.34 g/t gold and 835.16 g/t silver of oxide gold mineralization (true widths interpreted as 60-75% of reported interval length) (see Company news release dated January 18, 2013).
Elsewhere on the property, EMX completed its program of regional and detailed geologic mapping, license-wide soil sampling, drill road construction, and trenching for the winter season. These programs not only identified new zones of mineralization, but also expanded the surface extent of oxide gold-silver mineralization adjacent to the known vein zones.
Akarca Overview. The Akarca project is an EMX grassroots discovery consisting of six separate gold-silver mineralized zones occurring within a district-scale area. Gold and silver mineralization occurs as both structurally focused vein-style, as well as disseminated-style mineralization in silicified zones. The quartz veins typically host higher-grade mineralization, while the silicified halos in the wall-rocks host lower-grade disseminated mineralization. In addition, mineralization is hosted at the intersection of vein structures and the underlying basement contact, significantly increasing the project’s exploration potential.
To date, 88 drill holes totaling over 11,000 meters, 3,100 rock and 3,300 soil geochemical samples, 74 line-kilometers of IP-resistivity surveys, and a property-wide gravity survey have been completed. Less than 20% of the 14,000 meters of vein target strike length as currently defined by mapping and IP-resistivity anomalies have been drill tested to date, with additional gold-silver zones continuing to be discovered.
Comments on Sampling, Assaying, and QA/QC. EMX’s drill and geochemical samples were collected in accordance with accepted industry standards. The samples were submitted to ALS Chemex laboratories in Izmir, Turkey (ISO 9001:2000) and Vancouver, Canada (ISO 9001:2000 and 17025:2005 accredited) for sample preparation and analysis. Gold was analyzed by fire assay with an AAS finish, and silver underwent aqua regia digestion and analysis with MS/AES techniques. Over limit assays for gold (> 10 g/t Au) were conducted with fire assay and a gravimetric finish. As standard procedure, the Company conducts routine QA/QC analysis on all assay results, including the systematic utilization of certified reference materials, blanks, and field duplicates.
About EMX. Eurasian is a global gold and copper exploration company utilizing a partnership business model to explore the world’s most promising and underexplored mineral belts. Eurasian generates wealth via grassroots prospect generation, strategic acquisition and royalty growth.
Mr. Michael P. Sheehan, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed and verified the technical information contained in this news release.
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